For years now, the sidewalks outside of fashion week have been as heavily documented and critiqued as the clothes up on the runway. There’s a veritable industry now, of fashion bloggers, online personalities and charming crazies who now operate front and center when it comes to fashion week. And why not? Style trickles up as much as it trickles down, with designers pulling looks and inspiration from what they see around the city.
But not everybody’s happy about it. Take fashion writer Susie Menkes, who in this past week’s T magazine, railed against the ubiquitousness of the street scene. “There is a genuine difference between the stylish and the showoffs,” she notes, alluding that there are far more of the latter than the former in fashion right now. The actual fashion shows almost seem beside the point. “There is something ridiculous about the self-aggrandizement of some online arbiters who go against the mantra that I was taught in my earlier days as a fashion journalist. ‘It isn’t good because you like it; you like it because it’s good.’” Amen to that, but still, isn’t it fun to see what everyone’s preened themselves into now?
Hard to believe, but New York Fashion Week has come and gone. We saw models, celebs and general mayhem flanking the runways, while designers served up rather staid designs. Still, there were some definite highs — we’re thinking Honor, Marc and Altuzarra, for starters. Want a quick overview of what you might have missed? Peruse this NYFW video round up!
Is Marc Jacobs asleep at the wheel? Maybe not, but he certainly was feeling sleepy. That’s what we’ve surmised by going through his pajama-themed Fall 2013 collection. After being cancelled last week thanks to a non-fashion-loving blizzard, the show finally went on last night.
You know how you’ve been seeing a lot of pajama blouses lately? Apparently Marc decided to imitate not innovate, and sent plenty sleepwear inspired pieces down the runway. He paired them with sharp pencil skirts and over-sized coats in a collection that recalled Daniel Vosovic’s “Project Runway” pieces.
Then there was the “will never look good on anyone” capri-length purple sparkle jumpsuit. Style.com called the collection “stripped down and irony-free” but you really can’t expect me to take that jumpsuit seriously.
Did we like the collection? Overall, definitely. Will we be able to afford the collection? Not on your life.
Charlotte Ronson is known for showing flirty and feminine silhouettes and collections. This season was no exception, but for Fall 2013 Ronson added a bit of leather to go with her floral lace. But what does sis Samantha think? Find out in the clip above!
Get an “at the show” look at the new DKNY Fall 2013 collection in this awesome video, featuring Shay Mitchell, Victoria Justice and Ms. DKNY herself, Donna Karan. Probably the next best thing to going to the show, we say. Viva la NYFW!
New York is currently dealing with an impending mega-blizzard storm. Sure that’s concerning to us regular New Yorkers, but more importantly, what’s this gonna mean for New York Fashion Week? Already, Marc Jacobs has cancelled his show Friday evening with many other designers sure to follow suit. But in the meantime, as we bite our nails about the fate of future shows, we took a look back at a few of our favorite shows from the first two days of NYFW. Click through and critically pour over them, will you? Keep reading »